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Friday, 18 January, 2019

A royal result as Zara Tindall lands first success as a breeder

The Queen's granddaughter bred Lingfield winner Somewhere To Be

Somewhere To Be (left): Before becoming Zara Tindall's first winner at Lingfield on Tuesday
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Zara Tindall became the latest member of the Royal family to have her colours carried to victory on a racecourse when her homebred, Somewhere To Be, cruised to a first success over fences at Lingfield on Tuesday.

Trained by Martin Keighley, the five-year-old son of Golan was making his first appearance of the season having last been seen finishing fourth in a maiden hurdle at Towcester in May. Under Leighton Aspell he finally got off the mark with an impressive four length success over his rivals.

Keighley, who has known the Queen's granddaughter since he and his wife Belinda worked for David Nicholson, was thrilled to provide Tindall with her first win as a breeder.

He said: "Zara was our bridesmaid when we got married and we've stayed friends ever since. It's great that we get to train horses for her and that her first winner happens to be one she's bred as well.

"We had a runner for Princess Anne last week too who was having it's debut."

While Tindall was not able to make it to Lingfield to see Somewhere To Be's maiden victory, Keighley said the Olympic eventer was delighted with yesterday's result and added: "She was very quick to give me a ring after it happened and was delighted with the success.

"We knew he'd make a better chaser. He was placed over hurdles last season and it was his first run over fences yesterday which brought out the best in him. There's lots more to look forward to with him as he's only a five-year-old.

"Zara also has Cut And Run with me and there's a few more youngsters who are coming through as well which is very exciting."

Zara was our bridesmaid when we got married and we've stayed friends ever since
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